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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The Need by S.L. Hannah


Erotic Thriller



Stood up by her boyfriend, she goes home with a woman…

Straight-laced coed Angie has never felt daring enough to…experiment. Until tonight. The skin around Heather’s lips is soft, unlike the stubble Erik lets grow in, and the night unfolds like an erotic dream, tapping into an unexplored part of Angie’s body and mind.

But Heather’s seduction turns into a nightmare when Angie wakes up tied to the bed and is told she can’t leave. Alternately seduced and tormented by her lover-turned-captor, Angie is pulled ever deeper into a twisted world of pain-for-pleasure and multimedia exploits. As the stakes rise, both women give into a desire for connections neither has had, and Angie’s struggle to escape becomes a bigger dilemma: Would she leave if she could?

Winner of the Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, this erotic thriller dares to explore the darker side of our fantasies and their sometimes unintended consequences.

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If for a moment I doubted she would take things this far, I know now that the dangers have always been real.

She saunters back to where we’re standing and places one of the daggers into Rachel’s opened hand. Rachel smiles wide, as if she’s been waiting to do this all along.

“Which brings me to you,” she says, thrusting the other dagger against my chest. It lands heavily and almost slips from my fingers.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that your problem is you’re not sure where your loyalties lie.” She retrieves the key from around her neck. “And that’s not good for business.” She takes a few steps back and hangs the key around Rachel’s neck. “Or pleasure.”

Moments later, she’s slithering behind me. The fingers of her good hand swim lightly across my shoulders and neck. Her lips brush against my ear. “I love you, Angie,” she whispers, “but I’m ready to let you go.”

The statement both crushes and relieves me. I almost don’t want it to be true. As much as I hate her for hurting me in so many ways, I still love her too. I’ve experienced more emotional and sexual highs and lows with her in one week than I have in my entire life. And part of me doesn’t want that to end. What is normal supposed to look like after this?

Interview Questions

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be

just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

When I joined Romance Writers of America (RWA) in 2011 I started understanding the business side of

being an author a lot better. I now get what it really takes to successfully go down the traditional path

(agent and publisher) as well as the self-published path. This organization and its local chapters provides

great support for budding authors, authors that have lost their way, and authors that want to take their

career to the next level. RWA made me understand the difference between writing for fun and how to turn

writing into an actual career.

Do you have a day job as well?

I started off my career as a pilot ferrying aircraft and then got into the airport planning and development

side of the aviation business. I continue to consult on select airport projects and will continue for a long

time as it’s a fascinating industry.

What was your favourite book as a child?

I loved all the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series as a child. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

was my favorite for a long time, followed by The Last Battle, but after re-reading the series as an adult

just a few years ago, I can champion my love for the entire series.

Are you a planner or a pantser?

I am somewhere in between planner and pantster. I do love writing a great scene that suddenly pops in

my head with no rhyme or reason or affiliation to my current work-in- progress, but at some point, and

when I really need to finish a book, I jot down some kind of outline. It may be really loose, or more

detailed, but I do find that when I can see the big picture of where I am trying to get in a story, an outline

is key.

Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than other? Racy? Love? Action?

Love scenes can be challenging because to make it hot and compelling you have to make it about more

than just the love scene. You have to throw in a plot twist or a character arc while the characters are

physically entangled in one another, otherwise, it can feel very repetitive. The love scenes in The Need

were especially challenging because they all had to happen in the same setting, so I really had to dig

deep into my character’s motivations and get creative with the story arcs.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

In Chapter 14 of The Need, Angie, our heroine, finally realizes that she can’t play victim anyone. Playing

victim is not going to get her out of the loft. She needs to be stronger, and take control of the situation.

“She wants someone to challenge her status quo. Not physically outpower her, or succumb to her every

fancy, but take her emotions by surprise. It hadn’t occurred to me, until now, that my best shot at getting

out of here may be to give her something that she needs.” – Angie, Chapter 14, The Need

At this point in the story, Angie goes from girl to woman, and I loved writing that transition because it’s

something that I believe we can all relate to; a situation in our lives where we really had to step up, take

control of our destiny, and become adults.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Every review counts, even if it’s just a sentence or two. The book market is so flooded and so

competitive, that if you want to see more writing from one of your favorite indie author, you need to

provide some kind of feedback on a publishing platform like Amazon or Goodreads. The more reviews,

the more discoverable a book becomes, so it’s one of the best ways you can support an author.

Do you read your reviews?

I do read my reviews, and there’s always some kind of take away from doing that. I really enjoy the

reviewers that you can tell spent time analyzing every bit of your story, for better or for worse. They’ll go

on for paragraphs, and it’s similar to feedback a beta reader would provide, so I’m always grateful.

What is your best marketing tip?

If you’re not getting the sales you want, change something. Change your cover, your price, your back

cover summary, run a sale, or offer your book for free for a week. Maybe even change your publishing

approach, i.e. get an agent and try to go the traditional path, or if you have an agent, drop them.

Writing and publishing is a tricky business and unless you get really, really lucky, you are going to spend

a long time figuring out what works for you. Keep reminding yourself, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

What is your least favourite part of the writing or publishing process?

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am currently working on an erotic novella called, Hard Trigger. It’s a story about an assassin that is

having a love affair with the son of a rival Mexican cartel only to discover he’s on her hit list.

Go to: and sign up for my newsletter to get all the updates for Hard Trigger.

Quick Fire – please choose 10 – 15

1. Light or dark chocolate - Dark

6. Morning, noon or night? - Noon

10. Books or movies? - Books

14. Chocolate or vanilla? - Chocolate

18. Winter or summer? - Summer

29. Silver or gold? - Gold

42. Skiing or snowboarding? - Skiing

45. Fruit or vegetables? - Fruit

66. Grammys or Oscars? - Oscars

100. Fiction or non-fiction? - Fiction

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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

S.L. Hannah will be awarding one commenter a paperback copy of The Need (U.S./Canada only for book) and one commenter a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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S.L. Hannah was born in Poland, grew up in Canada, and moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. The Need is her first erotic thriller. The manuscript won the 2013 Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, and is an adaptation of a screenplay about a woman struggling to free herself from her lover’s physical and emotional binds. Buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing…creepy as hell.” S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world.


Tour Organised by: 

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  1. Thanks for the interview! Hope everyone puts The Need on their reading list.

  2. Great interview! Being a pilot sounds like an amazing career choice. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  4. A bright good morning to you! I really appreciate you offering us this giveaway. Thanks and have an awesome day!

  5. Congrats on the tour and I enjoyed the interview.

  6. Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?

  7. Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

  8. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!